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  • Lawson
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    As the Supervisor at my site. My officers may use their cellphones discreetly and only when they are not on an assignment. Family and Friend calls need to be kept to a "Hey, Im at work, I cant talk now" conversation, and time may be given for a conversation such as setting a doctors appointment.

    As for post orders. I update them as fast as they are revised. I try to limit revisions to no longer than 72 hours.

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  • Mr. Security
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    Originally posted by Blame_The_Guard
    I get very, very, very ticked off when I see one of the guards reading a newspaper, or anything else, when I know, for a fact, they haven't read the post orders.
    Tough to read the post orders when it's not updated. I have yet to work at a site where the information is reliable.

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  • The Lord of the Keys
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    Its not really enforced in New York either. Inside our park its printed on all the vehicle passes so we enforce it. issuing tickets at least shows the client that we are not asleep. As an aside I was once out on the highway in our crown vic and as I started to pull forward after the traffic light turned green I noticed the driver behind me was on his cell phone. He saw me and we made eye contact, He then looked at his cell phone, looked at me and quickly put it down. He obviously wasn't sure who I was.

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  • Mr. Security
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    It's illegal in Connecticut to. There is no way LE can enforce this law effectively. Do you remember how many decades it took the police to get people to wear seatbelts? Instead of creating new laws, why don't they just ask the police to enforce the laws that are already on the books?

    Speeding kills far more than cell phone use. The police have lost control of this problem. They would be better off using their limited resources to tackle this problem rather than cite for cell phone use unless it clearly was a factor in an accident.

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  • The Lord of the Keys
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    Our client doesn't say much about cell phone use as long as it doesn't interfere with our duties. Of course in New York its illegal to drive and talk on the cell phone. I've giving tickets inside our park to people doing that and I have on occasion spotted fellow guards breaking that law inside our park.

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  • Blame_The_Guard
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    Originally posted by knotquiteawake
    I was just reading an article about how here in california talking on the phone or reading the newspaper is not allowed to be a fireable offense.
    I get very, very, very ticked off when I see one of the guards reading a newspaper, or anything else, when I know, for a fact, they haven't read the post orders.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    That guy sounds like a winner. Why would a business use a pre-paid phone? You always get better rates with a contract.

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  • ozsecuritychic
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    i was called in to cover the relief because he claimed to be sick.the work phone kept on getting text messages from his friends asking what pub and what time was he having a couple of cigarettes so he looked sick.i found this rather amusing seen as it was not his personal mobile and he wasnt supposed to be texting from it or rining his mates.the next time he worked he read in the book that messages and prank calls were being made and sent to the phone he snapped the battery and put soap right through the phone.he thought it was pre paid and the boss wouldnt get a bill.he ended up owing a weeks wage for the bill and got sacked.

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  • EMTGuard
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    We are allowed cell phones as long as they are not interfering with our duties. I get poor coverage with my cell so often use a small ham radio portable to keep in touch with my better half. The radio fits in my shirt pocket and is relayed (cross banded) by my car in the parking lot to a repeater about 40 miles away. With this I can talk from work to home, a distance of about 50 air miles.

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  • Guest
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    We are allowed to talk on cell phones. I talk on mine while in the gatehouse and while I'm driving the patrol rover. My employer stresses that cell phone use must not interfere with our duties. The way I use it is fine, because I don't say things to people waiting in line "oh hold on I am on the phone" and I don't answer my phone if its ringing and I am already talking with someone.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    Originally posted by Echos13
    I fellow worker that has a P/T job at a gated retirement facility keeps his in his briefcase sitting on the forward looking window sill. He wears one of those pinlite bluetooth H3 ear set thats not much bigger than your thumb. He can talk, walk and run with it. Not sure on the range though. But holy cow they are not cheap.
    They've gotten cheap now, with universal bluetooths being about 40 bucks at Radioshack.

    The range is about 40 feet. Bluetooth is extremely useful, the only issue is data security. While your talking on your cell, someone with a laptop and bluetooth 1.1 "sniffer" can listen in, then decode what the bluetooth message traffic is saying.

    I've heard of some companies making wireless shoulder mikes and the rest via bluetooth PAN (Personal Area Network). If they figure out how to make it secure, it'll be extremely useful.

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  • Echos13
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    I fellow worker that has a P/T job at a gated retirement facility keeps his in his briefcase sitting on the forward looking window sill. He wears one of those pinlite bluetooth H3 ear set thats not much bigger than your thumb. He can talk, walk and run with it. Not sure on the range though. But holy cow they are not cheap.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    Originally posted by 1stWatch
    What if you need to call for police while on foot and your radio stops working?
    To put it simply, run. The company I worked for provided no radios or cell phones. The client could pay for a company owned cell phone (i.e. they're paying the bill every month) if they wanted one.

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  • Mr. Security
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    Making long-distance personal calls on the client's phone is considered theft here. Local calls are OK in moderation. Your personal cell phone can be used, but only when the facility is closed for business and the employees have left.

    Eating, talking on the phone, or playing on the computer looks very unprofessional to the client and any visitors that may be present. The key is to be discreet, use good judgment, and don't abuse any perks that are made available to security by the client.

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  • 1stWatch
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    Originally posted by ozsecuritychic
    its in our standard operating procedures that we are not permitted to have a personal mobile on us at work or read papers.this all came about from one guard doing the wrong thing.i was asked why do i carry my mobile and i replied that when they can guarantee that the work phone will always be 100 percent reliable i will no longer have my phone.they agreed with me on that. i find it safer to carry my personal ph as back up.
    What if you need to call for police while on foot and your radio stops working?

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